Closing arguments heard in beer mug manslaughter

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Guam – Jury deliberations have begun in a case where a bar fight led to fatal injuries.

Antonio R. Arriola, faces charges of manslaughter and aggravated assault. According to court documents, he struck the victim, Paul Nakumura, in the head with a beer mug in November 2016, causing Nakumura to lose consciousness and sending him to the hospital.

According to Lead Prosecutor Jeremiah Luther, that strike ultimately led to the death of Nakumura two months later on January 11, 2017.

While the defense contends that Arriola struck Nakumura with his knuckles and not the mug, the government argues that the injuries the victim sustained are consistent with being struck by a mug.

Luther pleaded with the jury to look at the damage which was caused internally referring to a CT scan which detailed a large crack on the right side of Nakumura’s head and a sub-dermal hematoma.

With closing arguments concluded, it is now up to the jury to weigh the evidence to determine the fate of Arriola.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.